Archive | July 2013

Ahlan Ya Ramadhan!

Alhamdulillah. The blessed month of Ramadhan is here! The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion. [Quran: Chapter 2, 183].


This is the month of purification where every Muslim should receive the blessed month of Ramadan with repentance, sincerity, resoluteness and earnestness. We should make the intention to perform extra acts of devotion and worship therein, including the Night Prayer (qiyam), recitation of Qur’an, and abundant charity to the poor and needy.

Ramadhan should be the month of productivity for us Muslims. Thus, better preparation for Ramadhan is indeed very helpful especially during summer. Ramadhan in hot and long summer days stretches up to 18-20 hours which will be a great challenge for Muslims. In most part of Scotland, dawn starts from 3.30 am and sunset ends at 9.00 pm. Nonetheless, the holy month of Ramadhan comes once a year that we should be highly motivated to take this challenge to strengthen our religious beliefs. We should take this opportunity to train our inner soul, to achieve the goal of self-restraint for this is the only worship which is for Allah alone.


Happy fasting to all Muslims! If you need a booster to keep yourself productive this Ramadhan, follow this link for some great tips and advice.


The End Is The Beginning


“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” 

(Eliot, 1974 : 2008)

It’s about starting things with a clear idea of your destination, so that the steps you take are always in the right direction. Similarly having a definite purpose or goals of what you are doing really help. Studies of our Reticular Activating System suggest that when we visualize our goals and are conscious about them, our full energy and personal talents are activated in order to develop them effectively. Of course, things will not happen just by thinking about them. If you visualize but don’t act, you’re just dreaming. The vision must be supported by a strategy, a plan to address it effectively. Start visualizing with a strategy…visualizing the doctoral journey. 


It’s my commitment. ONE PAGE A DAY! For a start to keep the momentum for writing. Just so to let the ideas flow and grow. By sticking to the plan, a success strategy is in motion.  A scholar once said this, “Over the two weeks, writing becomes a habit because success is a habit.’

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No more procrastination. Progress quickly before the summer ends. A gentle reminder for me. This link is very useful and serves my daily writing booster so can you! Read on…